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Viewpoints: Nurse practitioners will not solve the physician shortage
Sacramento Bee

One of the most widely discussed challenges in the wake of health care reform has been the physician shortage, and more specifically, a shortage of primary care physicians. With millions of newly insured patients under the Affordable Care Act and an aging population, analysts fear that a strained health care infrastructure will soon crack under these new burdens. Policymakers have scrambled to find ways to increase the availability of health care providers. A popular proposal has been to increase the autonomy of midlevel providers, like nurse practitioners.